Jigging a Daisy

In 2011 I learned to make wrangled bangles with Brenda Schweder.

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Little did I know that intro to wire class would lead to a whole new career!

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Wrangled Bangle by Brenda Schweder in 2011

At the time I considered myself a paper collage artist, and encaustics were just beginning to show up on my radar.

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The bangles workshop was just to pass the time at the Creative Connection Event, but I did like the results.

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Fast forward a few years and I am now the owner of Brenda’s Now That’s a Jig!

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I added a round peg combo pack to my order so I could use the Jig for my Frosties.

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Then as I was fooling around with a daisy I realized that might be a jiggable item as well.

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So I laid the hand-wrangled version on the jig and started spacing out pegs. Then the bending began.

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2 petals formed.

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And then I kept looping around the pegs and created a replica of the daisy.

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The center wasn’t stable, so I wrapped more wire around it to secure the shape. I bent the petals for dimension and adhered the wire to the encaustic substrate with a mini-iron.

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Then I had to conduct an overnight hang test to make sure the wire would stay on.

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Now you can see this piece at Creative Coworking through the end of the month.

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I’m looking forward to taking Brenda’s Now That’s a Pliers! Class at the Bead & Button Show.

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Collaborate Project by Brenda Schweder in 2014

Her creations are so inspiring!

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Steel wire jewelry by Brenda Schweder in 2011

Love Delivered Inspiration

At Christmas Santa gifted me with a subscription to Curly Girl Design’s Love Delivered.

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Each quarter, the wonderful people at Curly Girl Design pack up their latest releases, boxed sets of cards and other odds and ends to cheer the recipient up.

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Then the job becomes figuring out whom to send these pearls of wisdom to.

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The list of recipients is almost completed, but the writing of the cards is still to be done.

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My aim is to take some of my electronic hiatus weekend days to sit down with pen and paper and write (scribble) someone a personal note. Handwritten notes are so unusual these days, and I’ve relied too much on electronic (group) correspondence the past few years.

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The third installment had festive polkadot tissue paper with a fabulous sticker on it.

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It was begging to be converted into a pendant.

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I pasted some of the tissue paper on the back of the pendant to even out the stickiness, and then twisted wire into a circle to go around the sticker shape.

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I used a piece of Brenda Schweder’s Now That’s a Jig to form a polkadot pendant and made spirals emulating the happy dots.

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After some shaping and bending I waxed the paper and added it on to the wire with black encaustic paint.

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These pendants will make their way to Etsy this week, so someone who does dream in perfect French can snap it up. I used to dream in Dutch, then German, but now it is mostly English.

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Check out Leigh Standley’s amazing wisdom and quirky collage designs.

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I’ve had her calendar two years in a row, and was fortunate to listen to her share her journey at the Creative Connection Event when I first responded to the tinglings of embarking on a creative life.

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It is fun to be encouraged to “live imperfectly with great delight.”

It’s selfie time!

Whenever I do my Etsy shoots, I try to also wear the pieces out and about for a photo record of how they look in real life, like this blue beaded pendant, ring and earring set.

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Sweaterdress season is almost over, and this jade stone collar looks great with knits.

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It’s fun to mix and match pieces and add my ring collection to the fun. You can view my combinations in real time on Instagram. Pairing my infinite earrings with a coil bangle and an exquisite purple pendant  brightened up the dreary days, and I gave my wool sweater a touch of spring with the caged butterfly pendant and matching scribble ball earrings.

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I am also playing with my necklace collection, and wore my grandmother’s gift with New World Symphony when I won tickets to the Evanston Symphony Orchestra during a #weLoveEvanston campaign.

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Pictured here: Musical wax and wire pendant, violin clef earrings,
a custom birthstone bangle bracelet, a butterfly ring from Ayla’s Originals.

The weather is warming but you can always make a fashion statement with a scarf pendant! This one is made with a piece of vintage coral.

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I wore the freshly listed double helix wax and wire pendant to the Textual Encounters opening, along with pink scribble ball earrings and a butterfly scarf pendant.

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A pop of red is always fun. This musical heart is one of my first and favorite pieces, and I combined it with the coil earrings that are quite popular. My triangle pendants have found a few new homes, and any color is available. The smashed earrings have a life or their own.

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When I did the Yacht walk-through for RAW, the long wire earrings got combined with a lime green mother’s day pendant, a bangle bracelet and rings from fellow Etsy vendors Jelene Britten Designs and alapop jewelry.

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Check out my Etsy shop for more pieces and always wear your seatbelts! They make pendants look awesome.